Gov. Sam Brownback to deliver his final State of the State address

12 January, 2018, 17:45 | Author: Wade Massey
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Such heckling is highly unusual during the annual speech, though some governors have faced protesters or been booed while walking into the House chamber. "For the best illustration of this, one need look no further than the Kansas City, Mo., school district, sometimes called America's most costly educational failure".

Brownback ignored the man each time.

In his proposal for the $600 million funding boost, Brownback set goals for the public schools, including higher teacher pay and greater attention to impoverished or disabled students.

Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning of Overland Park said Tuesday night that they do not think the state can sustain the spending Brownback is proposing.

Brownback recommended the 2018 Legislature allocate the additional money to schools over the next five years but rejected the idea of any form of tax increase and avoided sharing ideas for financing the package.

"I'm really pissed off", Denning said after the governor's speech.

Sen. Ty Masterson, who helps lead a group of conservative House and Senate Republicans, said the governor's budget didn't add up.

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In his final State of the State address to the Kansas Legislature Tuesday, Brownback did not specify where the money would come from but said he did not support a tax increase.

And lawmakers have been debating whether the court would accept a law that phases in an increase in school funding over several years.

Brownback told lawmakers that he is proposing to increase spending on schools without increasing taxes.

That's up slightly from the $97.14 million budget for the current year, according to Brownback's proposal.

"Kansans expect to see students in every school in our state thrive and achieve, particularly out students who the court cited as being inadequately served under our current funding", Brownback said.

"All of the additional funds are needed, and they all address problems areas that we heard about past year", said Gallagher, who is a member of the Child Welfare Task Force. The court mandated more spending even though lawmakers last year phased in a $293 million increase over two years. Lawmakers are under pressure from the Kansas Supreme Court to correct unconstitutional flaws in the amount and manner state aid is provided K-12 schools.

K-State will see no major changes in its state funding for the next fiscal year, according to Gov. Sam Brownback's proposed budget released Wednesday. He plans to outline his full budget recommendations for lawmakers Wednesday.

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